Super Bowl set for a week from Sunday, February 11th; It pits the KC Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers


Sunday, the doubleheader for the Super Bowl  was played and the opponents were determined. For Kansas City to advance, it required a dazzling performance by Quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He came through glowingly.

When the game ended, Mahomes was the talk of the nation. He earned the praise with a flourish. Patrick was well profiled and brilliantly so. 

49ers and Chiefs will match-up curiously in the Super Bowl. Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will preside over CBS’ Super Bowl coverage in Glitz City, Las Vegas. 

Don Haley (pen-name and former sports media writer). He checked in – with sharp and stinging comments as expected:

Romo and Nantz are making the case for an announcer-less Super Bowl. CBS’ sideline reporters alone could carry the day. (Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn). Meantime, on the Fox side, I can’t wait for Tom Brady to replace the chatty Greg Olsen, whose name brings back memories of the greatness of Merlin Olsen (teamed for years with Dick Enberg).

Fox’ Kevin Burkhardt needs to tone it down a notch. Whatever happened to producers Bob Stenner, who comes to mind. Bob worked for half a century as a TV producer, forty of which he spent as the NFL’s lead production role between FOX and CBS.

Today’s best? Consider Kenny Albert, Tom McCarthy. The Wowwee-Zowwee School of Broadcasting is forcing me more and more to hit the mute button. 

Matt Ryan (ex-QBer is gonna be a good one for CBS).  But that promo they’re running is an embarrassment. Cringeworthy.

May I sprinkle in some random thoughts. 

Gambling was visible in sports, a matter of conventional knowledge. The Black Sox Scandal was a Major League Baseball, game-fixing scandal, when eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of losing the 1919 World Series against to the Cincinnati Reds. Eight players paid the price.

I always believed that there were geographic approaches. Football had Marty Glickman (Giants, later with the Jets) in New York. Merle Harmon was excellent earlier concurrently with the Jets. “Joe Willie throws!”

Bill Hillgrove in Pittsburgh, for years with the Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh football and basketball – draining physically – and there he is- you’d never know – he’s 83. He works well with his partners.   

Van Miller was as good as any voice in the league. An icon in Buffalo! Van had a commanding voice who painted as beautiful a picture as any NFLer. He worked for over 40 seasons in Buffalo. He called his final broadcast for the Bills, a 31–0 loss to the New England Patriots in the last game of the 2003 regular season. In 1991, he painted for the radio audience the missed kick by Scott Norton.

Greg Papa is emotional and right on it. He succeeded Ted Robinson whom the club released. Papa himself was fired by the Raiders. 

During the AFC championship game, CBS used a technological advancement of sorts which introduced how the QB’s eyes signal his target.

Nantz told the audience that the Ravens were playing their biggest game in the club’s history. How about the 2013 Super Bowl title game in Tampa? 

Romo seems thrilled – Lots of “wows.”

All the sports media publications (like our own Sports Broadcast Journal, on the print landscape stir rumors, creeping around, eager to break stories; here, there and everywhere.



David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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Barry Kipnis
1 month ago

Why does everyone conclude that Tom Brady will be a top flight commentator in his first year? I read that Mike Tirico said that if the NFL doesn’t hire Bill Belichick, he’d be a great on TV because “if Bill talks, everyone would be eager to hear what he’d have to say.” Think about Bill’s interviews, where he said virtually nothing and with a bad demeanor thrown in.